As we say goodbye to the 2013 NFL season, and look ahead to the 2014 season, we will be taking a look at the Dallas Cowboys’ roster, position by position. Here we will examine the running back position. We will look at which running backs are coming back, which could be leaving and whether the Cowboys should be looking for a RB in the draft.
Dallas’ RBs were very productive this season–when the coaches decided to use them. Demarco Murray had a career year, rushing for 1,124 yards and an impressive 5.2 yards per carry. The biggest knock on Murray has been that he is injury prone and misses four to six games a year. In 2013, Murray only missed two games. He will be heading into the final year of his contract, so he should have a lot of motivation to have another great season.
After being injured and ineffective for most of the season, Lance Dunbar had a breakout game on Thanksgiving Day with 80 yards on 12 carries, but then he suffered a season-ending ankle injury. It was a small sample size, but Dunbar showed that he has the potential to be a great change of pace back to compliment Murray.
Dallas selected Joseph Randle in the fifth round of the NFL draft last April. Randle had a very disappointing rookie campaign however, rushing for only 164 yards on 50 carries. Dallas fans can hope that Randle will be better in 2014 with a year of experience under his belt.
As Dallas gets ready for the NFL draft, I do not believe they should be looking to take a RB. Demarco Murray, Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle are a talented group of running backs that can be very productive. Dallas fans should not be concerned about the talent at the RB position. The concern should be whether the Cowboys’ offensive coaches are willing to use the talent they already have.